Attendance

Attendance in school and participation in class are integral parts of academic achievement and the teaching-learning process. Through regular attendance, students develop patterns of behavior essential to professional and personal success in life. Regular attendance by every student is mandatory. The State of North Carolina requires that every child in the State between the ages of 7 (or younger if enrolled) and 16 attend school. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily.

EXCUSED ABSENCES
When a student must miss school, a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian must be presented to the main office on the day the student returns after an absence. Absences due to extended illnesses may also require a statement from a physician. An absence may be excused for any of the following reasons:
1. personal illness or injury that makes the student physically unable to attend school;
2. isolation ordered by the State Board of Health;
3. death in the immediate family;
4. medical or dental appointment;
5. participation under subpoena as a witness in a court proceeding;
6. a minimum of two days each academic year for observance of an event required or suggested by the religion of the student or the student’s parent(s);
7. participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel or service as a legislative or Governor’s page, with prior approval from the principal;
8. pregnancy and related conditions or parenting, when medically necessary; or
9. visitation with the student’s parent or legal guardian, at the discretion of the superintendent or designee

In the case of excused absences and short-term out-of-school suspensions, the student will be permitted to make up his or her work. (See also policy 4351, Short-Term Suspension.) The teacher will determine when work is to be made up. The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period. Students will have 3 school days to complete any missing assignments per day of excused absence. 

Students who accumulate more than 10 absences may be required to make-up their time.  Notification will be made to the parent by the principal if any make-up time is required and the specifics on how this make-up time will be accounted for.  

State required letters will be mailed at at 3, 6, and 10 unexcused days.  Please send in notes promptly to avoid receiving these letters.

Early Dismissal/Tardies:  If it is absolutely necessary for a student to leave prior to the afternoon dismissal, the parent must come to the office and sign the student out. No students will be dismissed after 2:00 due to traffic. Please note that 5 early dismissals or tardies is equal to one absence.  Only the parent or a designated adult may sign the student out. Emergency telephone numbers and names of individuals who have parental permission to pick up students from school should be kept up-to-date.

Educational Absences - if your child will be missing multiple days for an educational learning experience, please email the principal directly.  Fill out this form - when you click the link you will be forced to make a copy, then print to complete.

Student attendance at school is very important and a huge indicator for academic success. It is essential that your child be at school unless he/she has a fever or is contagious with varying viruses. During the COVID pandemic, also, if there is demonstration of any of the 5 COVID symptoms, you must keep your child at home, and we recommend getting a COVID test and quarantining until the test results are returned. If your child tests positive, please communicate directly with the principal. 

 

If your child is a "plan C" student, then when he/she will not be present in a zoom due to sickness, please communicate directly with the teachers so they know to not expect your child to login. 

 

If your child is a "plan B" student, and if he/she is able, he/she can still log in to their classes via zoom using the zoom links in Canvas. Again, it is essential that the child or parent communicate with the teachers so that they expect them in the zoom. If he/she logs into the zoom, then he/she is still counted present! What a great advantage of zoom! 

 

At anytime, if you have attendance questions, you can contact our data manager, Tia Erwin terwin@iss.k12.nc.us